What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Every day, employees all over Virginia are expected to complete physically demanding labor as part of their jobs. Physically strenuous work increases the risk of injury. These employees often suffer from damaging injuries.

Work-related injuries sometimes require medical treatment and time off from work to recover.

Under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. Compensation insurance offers quick payments for injured workers, while protecting employers from being sued.

Injured workers are entitled to both wage loss replacement and medical benefits after being injured on the job.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a heel injury and a cause of stabbing heel pain. This condition consists of swelling and tenderness of the dense band of tissue on the bottom of your foot.

The plantar fascia joins your toes with your heel bone.

It also provides support to your arch. Individuals who wear shoes lacking support as well as overweight people have an increased chance of developing the condition. Age, diabetes, and obesity also increase the chances of plantar fasciitis.

Was Your Plantar Fasciitis Caused by Your Work?

Jobs that involve excessive walking or standing on rough surfaces are likely to increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

Additionally, you may be entitled to benefits if you are required to wear particular shoes at work that caused the difficulty.

Receiving workers’ compensation benefits requires that you were placed at an increased risk of injury in the course of performing your job.

According to the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, it is necessary to demonstrate your injury  happened at work or during an occupational related event, was caused by a particular job activity, or occurred abruptly at a precise time.

If your job intensified or augmented an existing injury, you would still be covered.

Any work-related conditions that increase the strain or stress of the foot can cause plantar fasciitis.

Treatment Options

Doctors may advise various treatment choices, such as  resting, icing, stretching, taking pain medication, steroid injections, shoe arch supports, night splinting, or physical therapy.

However, if the above conventional treatments are ineffective, you may require extracorporeal shock wave therapy or even surgery.

Claiming Workers Compensation

When work related injuries occur, these injuries often take a long time to heal.

Injured employees may require expensive medical care or time off from work.

Getting benefits for injuries, which includes plantar fasciitis, can be complicated. Written notice must be provided to your employer no later than 30 days from the date of the injury. Additionally, workers compensation claims must be filed within two years.

Employers are often more concerned with their expenses than about your health. Therefore, you should consider hiring an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to fight for you.

Get the Help You Deserve

Our skilled attorneys can assist you in weighing the available options. Injured workers may be eligible for medical treatment expenses, lost wages, and other related costs.

Consult a knowledgeable Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Office of Scott R. Barney. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to assist our clients in seeking the workers’ compensation they deserve.
You can count on our qualified team to get you the results you need. Call today at (757) 296-7277 or contact us online to learn more about your rights.

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